42 out of 45 central universities back to offline classes: Ministry of Education

42 central universities back to offline courses (representative)

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New Delhi:

Forty-two central universities are already operating in offline mode, while only three continue to offer online courses in one form or another, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Responding to a question posed by MP PV Abdul Wahab of the Muslim Union of India League, Mr. Pradhan said that the three universities – Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), University of Pondicherry and University of Sikkim – have started offline lessons in a phased fashion while adhering to safety guidelines. and standard operating procedures.

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India’s education system, plagued by deep-rooted inequalities, has been forced to go online amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr. Pradhan also revealed that the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University will return to offline mode from August 3, 2022.

Further, Mr. Pradhan reiterated that Central Universities, as autonomous institutions established under Acts of Parliament, are governed by their own laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations.

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“As autonomous institutions, central universities are competent to intervene in the academic and administrative affairs of the University,” reads his response to Mr. Wahab.